Meaningful Acceptance Speeches

Award acceptance speeches are generally known for the inane babbling, sending thanks to long lists of people who no one else really cares about.  You even get an occasional shout to Jesus (who apparently didn’t favor the other nominees).  Recently, there have been a couple of more interesting ones, though.

ThinkProgress reports in Fox censors Sally Field’s anti-war speech at Emmy’s Fields’ full comments:

“Surely this [award] belongs to all the mothers of the world,” she stated. “May they be seen, may their work be valued and raised. Especially to the mothers who stand with an open heart and wait. Wait for their children to come home from danger, from harm’s way, and from war. I am proud to be one of those women.”

Field then continued, “If mothers ruled the world, there would be no –” But the Fox Emmycast cut off her sound and pointed the camera away from the stage, silencing the rest of her sentence: “god-damned wars in the first place.”

Another good one is from Kathy Griffin.  Reuters reports the details in Kathy Griffin’s Jesus remark cut from Emmy show.  The offending quote:

“A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus,” an exultant Griffin said, holding up her statuette. “Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now.”

Asked about her speech backstage a short time later, an unrepentant Griffin added, “I hope I offended some people. I didn’t want to win the Emmy for nothing.”

It’s no surprise that major networks would suppress these views, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could actually hear non-mainstream opinions every once in a while?  I’m just glad that I’m not the only one that has problems with Jesus or the Iraq War.  At least I can voice them in this blog.


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